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Lawn Maintenance Tip
Result
Mow high (6-7 cm)
If you mow too short the grass blades are not able
to absorb enough nutrients, to produce healthy
plants and deep roots. Healthy grass plants crowd
out weeds.
Sharpen mower blade annu-
ally and clean after every use.
A sharp blade makes a clean cut. A dull blade rips
the top of the grass blades and results in brown
tips.
Cut weekly in spring and re-
move 1/3 of grass length
each time you mow.
Cutting too much all at once stresses the grass and
results in poor root development.
Leave cuttings on the lawn.
Cutting frequently results in shorter clippings
which are easily decomposed to supply nitrogen
and nourishment to the soil.
Use an electric mower.
The average gas mower generates as much pollu-
tion as driving a car from Vancouver to the East
Coast 5 times in one year!
In May or September, im-
prove distressed lawns by
aerating or manual raking
and top dressing.
Adding compost, overseeding and then raking it
into thin areas, helps restore a lawn.
Water wisely.
Excessive watering results in poor root growth ,
wastes water, and leaches out soil nutrients and
fertilizer. Most municipalities prohibit watering be-
tween 9AM and 4AM. Watering in early morning
hours is most effective as the least water is lost to
evaporation.
Promote Root Growth
One hour of sprinkling, and letting it “rest” or go
dormant for a few weeks in the summer once it is
well established (2 years), enhances root growth.
Allowing it to go golden brown, and then restoring
it with a deep watering will enable it to green up
again.
Fertilize twice annually.
Fertilize in spring to encourage growth and in fall
to encourage root growth. Apply your final feeding
right before the winter months.
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